TED SOCKS not Effective Compression

TED socks are those white compression socks that patients know from the hospital..
At Morrison Vein, we are asked frequently if they can be used after vein therapies? Our answer is always no, because they are only light, stiff, inelastic compression and designed for bedrest after surgeries. Their main purpose has been to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in a bedridden patient.
They are not effective to combat our standing hypertensive pressures in our legs after vein procedures to minimize inflammation and aide healing.
In a recent article, “Clinical thromboembolic deterrent
stockings application: Are thromboembolic deterrent stockings
in practice matching manufacturer’s application guidelines?”
The answer is no.
They do not come in enough sizes to fit a variety of legs, staff usually aren’t trained to properly measure, nor readjust frequently to keep them from rolling down and causing a negative tourniquet effect.
“Most TED stockings do not produce a standardised Siegel profile pressure gradient decrease from ankle to calf. This may be due in part to fluid changes after surgery in combination with the large variation in size of lower limbs.” They are not effective to combat our standing hypertensive pressures in our legs after vein procedures to minimize inflammation and aide healing.
Reference: Phlebology; 2015, Vol. 30(3) 200–203 phl.sagepub.com
In short, it is better to use graduated medical compression stockings that are properly fitted.  Pressure measuring devices train health professionals to apply proper compression. Come learn from the experts.

Buy the gift for health….

Stories in our news say to ” Buy Local” but what about buying a gift certificate from a family owned business for a family member????

Vein disease is inherited. Varicose and spider veins and swollen legs and symptoms like cramping, restless legs, heavy legs are inherited. Symptoms are made worse with our jobs, hormones, heat, weight lifting, hormones, pregnancies, prolonged sitting and standing.

So buy a group hug this holiday season. Come in for a group consult!😍

Call us : 480-775-8460 http://www.morrisonvein.com

Diabetics can have vein treatments.

Diabetics can inherit vein disease as well.  They have macro and micro angiopathy and amyloid deposit with inflammation. Stasis from the faulty valves of vein disease leads to stasis or blood pooling in the legs and feet, which leads to more inflammation, hyperkeratosis ( broken skin, thickening and hardening), feet and ankle swelling, and skin pigment changes.

What can we do? Get a duplex, color flow venous ultrasound scan by a Certified Registered sonographer in a Phlebology specialist office. Phlebologists are trained and take boards in Venous and lymphatic medicine, IE: Morrison Vein Institute, Compudiagnostics

Then we m teach, diagnose, measure and fit for medical compression stockings or socks that will start with a low dose of compression to meet any insurance guidelines pre-treatment. With and neuropathy, we need to reduce edema and reduce symptoms of vein disease. We refer to All About Compression ( http://www.allaboutcompression.com) for multiple choices like open toe, cotton, padded feet, and some inelastic compression wraps to treat all the patients needs.

Vein patients like diabetics need treatment and long term follow up!

We can help: 480-775-8460    Scottsdale and Tempe locations to serve.






Vein disease causes inflammation: Need medical treatments, exercise, compression and nutritional approach to slow progression.

Inflammation (Latin, inflammatio) is part of the complex biological response of body tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants.[1]Inflammation is a protective response that involves immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators. The purpose of inflammation is to eliminate the initial cause of cell injury, clear out necrotic cells and tissues damaged from the original insult and the inflammatory process, and to initiate tissue repair.

Inflammation can be classified as either acute or chronic. Acute inflammation is the initial response of the body to harmful stimuli and is achieved by the increased movement of plasma and leukocytes (especially granulocytes) from the blood into the injured tissues. A series of biochemical events propagates and matures the inflammatory response, involving the local vascular system, the immune system, and various cells within the injured tissue. Prolonged inflammation, known as chronic inflammation, leads to a progressive shift in the type of cells present at the site of inflammation and is characterized by simultaneous destruction and healing of the tissue from the inflammatory process.

Inflammation is not a synonym for infection. Infection describes the interaction between the action of microbial invasion and the reaction of the body’s inflammatory defensive response — the two components are considered together when discussing an infection, and the word is used to imply a microbial invasive cause for the observed inflammatory reaction. Inflammation on the other hand describes purely the body’s immunovascular response, whatever the cause may be.

Foods that can help you with the anti inflammatory fight!

Both broccoli and cauliflower contain significant amounts of fiber, which serves to reduce pressure on blood vessels in the legs as well as increase bowel functionality, decreasing damage to veins due to lessened straining. Broccoli is also an excellent source of vitamin K, which helps prevent an overabundance of calcium from damaging the veins. Cauliflower offers abundant benefits to those concerned with vein health, including numerous anti-inflammatory nutrients that work to prevent damage to the delicate inner lining of the arteries. Broccoli and cauliflower can both be enjoyed steamed, tossed in salads, or eaten raw with a delicious dip.
Asparagus is listed as number seven among the top 20 artery-cleansing foods. It contains serious amounts of compounds with anti-inflammatory properties that release pressure on arteries and veins and prevents clotting. Asparagus is delicious when steamed and drizzled with dill sauce, and its crisp crunch makes a good case for enjoying it raw.

Avocados contain significant amounts of both vitamin C and vitamin E, both of which are essential for optimal vascular health. They also contain a high concentration of the powerful antioxidant glutathione, which protects the cardiovascular system from damage caused by free radicals.12030270_532938010196240_1182754005651211580_oIMG_1280IMG_1295imageIMG_2150300x250
 Apples are a culinary delicacy that you can indulge in without guilt because they contain a flavonoid known as rutin, which is one of the best possible substances for vein and artery health. Rutin protects blood vessels, reduces the chances of developing blood clots, and significantly reduces the risk of new varicose veins forming.

Kale has long been known as one of the superfoods that should be included in everyone’s diet.  Chock full of vitamins A, C, and K, it also contains the essential minerals potassium, iron,and copper and also contains substantial amounts of omega-3 acids, which act as anti-inflammatory agents. Kale is delicious when steamed with a sprinkling of freshly minced garlic, but if you’re one of those who doesn’t care for mature kale’s pungent bitter bite, try baby kale.

Pomegranate: Another members of the illustrious superfood team, pomegranate contains serious phytochemicals that serve to protect the inner lining of veins and arteries from being damaged by free radicals. Pomegranate juice is an excellent beverage choice, and the seeds can be removed from fruits and sprinkled in salads for a pop of extra flavor.

Full of omega-3 acids, salmon is an excellent choice for those devising menus designed to optimize cardiovascular health. Including at least two servings of cold-water fish in your weekly food intake reduces blood levels of triglyceride and increases HDL cholesterol, which helps keep arteries and veins running free and clear. Salmon can be grilled, poached, steamed, baked, or broiled.

WATER: Although technically not a food, water is the most important beverage you can drink, and if you’re like most people, you don’t get nearly enough. Not only does it keep your organs properly hydrated and functioning at optimal levels, it helps flush out fiber, keeping your bowel movements smooth and strain-free. Next time you’re thirsty, pick up a refreshing glass of water instead of that sugary soda or other dehydrating beverage.        www.morrisonvein.com

Prevent Deep Vein Blood Clots; Improve Circulation

Our genetics, metabolic disorders and biochemical profile are responsible for circulation problems. All environmental and biochemical changes affect our vein disease that we have inherited. Prolonged sitting, prolonged standing, heat of Arizona, weight lifting, trauma and infectious processes can lead to inflammation. Inflammation leads to leg edema, blood clotting problems, which leads to more inflammation which can cause leg ulcers or life threatening pulmonary embolism and death. This sounds drastic but 25 % of our population has inherited vein disease and Gould prevent these cascading events by getting vein treatment and wearing medical compression stockings! Let’s prevent ulcers, varicose veins, leg swelling, cramping, restless legs. Want more information? Come see us for a free vein screening: info@morrisonvein.com 4807758460

Healthy Vein Practices

Eating right, exercising 30 minutes a day or more( without heavy straining- called causing the Valsalva maneuver), wearing medical grade, fashion forward compression stockings properly fitted, elevating your legs when resting, resting with a glass of red wine in the evening, and having annual vein care checkups with possible treatments wil control your inherited vein disease. Come see us soon! 

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Men in compression hose?!? Are you kidding?

VaricoseIMG_0812Sigvaris mens compression sockNo, not really. There are men who have discovered that their legs feel better when they wear something that supports their legs. Venous insufficiency is more common in women, but men experience it too.

Venous insufficiency can cause symptoms such as achy legs, tired heavy feelings, leg cramps, (those excruciating Charlie horses in the middle of the night!) swelling, restless legs, and itching. We have had patients who have scratched their legs raw due to severe itching. Many patients who have itching think they just have dry skin. If lotions and potions don’t help the itching – think again.

So, support hose, for men? Yes! All of our treatments require wearing support hose for 3 weeks after each treatment, even if the treatment is injecting spider veins. But, we suspect that at least some of our mil patients end up wearing them longer – for the comfort and symptom relief they provide. Or, maybe they go out and buy those supermarket brands of support hose to wear. We do recommend all of our patients who have venous insufficiency wear at least lighter weight support hose (such as 15-20 mmHg to 18-25 mmHg, or 20-30 mmHg) on an ongoing basis.

According to The Wall Street Journal, some men wear pantyhose for extra warmth (likely not in Arizona!) as well as support. Remember, European aristocracy wore such garments – look at the portraits of royalty 200+ years ago!
Come for a free screening, call today 480-775-8460

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Nick Morrison MD answers online patient’s question about Pelvic Congestion:

 “I had an ablation in May of 2014, but I have been dealing with lower right stomach pain since May of this year. A CT scan was performed and it shows I have pelvic congestion. I can’t stand up straight. I’m really depressed. At this point I just lay in bed and apply a heating pad. When I try to get up and walk, pain comes and it feels like a contraction. What are my treatment options? Do I need surgery, or is there a less invasive procedure that can be done?”
Nick Morrison, MD answers:

About 60% of women with “pelvic congestion syndrome” have ovarian and/or pelvic vein incompetence or partial obstruction. The diagnosis is made according to the clinical symptoms and a specialized CT or MRI scan specifically designed to show the venous system. The abdominal or pelvic veins are found to be incompetent or partially obstructed leading to venous congestion. Minimally invasive treatment can be very helpful but is a very specialized procedure and must be performed by a physician with the training, expertise, and skill to do it safely.

Nick Morrison MD, Morrison Vein Institute answers patients questions received online

I’m 25 with well muscular build. I had a VNUS closure procedure of GSV of both the legs a year ago followed by sclerotherapy session after a month. I am into weight training lifestyle so I started weight lifting 5 month after my procedure. I can see some tiny bulging of veins around calf, hamstring and on feet. Will these veins get worse and is it due to my hormone levels?

These are really frustrating I feel helpless. Should I stop weight lifting?Varicose

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